Alan Pardew has given a long interview with the Telegraph today, and in it he explains exactly why he left Newcastle, and it’s hardly surprising what he says.
Alan didn’t have the control on transfers that he wanted, and Newcastle would sign players for their own purposes – in terms of it being a good buy for the club — because the player could appreciate in value and that would be a good financial proposition for the club.
Alan Pardew – while at Newcastle
But Alan wanted players who could immediately fit into his first eleven – players that could make an immediate difference in the Newcastle side.
There had been rumors that Graham Carr and Alan didn’t always see eye to eye on transfers, and that seems to have been the case.
This is how Alan explained his time at the club , although he does make it clear that he was told how the club would operate before he signed on.
“The agenda. I didn’t want the agenda I had. I wanted a different one.¨ “The one thing that is different at Crystal Palace is that I have full control of transfers.¨
¨I’ve not had that before and actually not many managers in the Premier League have it. The Chairman and I have no one between us and we discuss things every day.¨
“That was something that was important to me after Newcastle, because there were players who went in there who were for the club’s purposes, and not for my first eleven purposes.¨
“That’s frustrating, especially after I had such a great start. When you have a way of playing and there’s a player you have to take, who’s a better financial proposition than one who fits better then that’s tough.¨
“Some clubs have different agendas. You are the manager there but you are there to coach the team. The philosophy is set by a Sporting Director – you have that at Seville, successful clubs, and maybe Manchester City are like that with Pellegrini.¨
“I don’t have a problem with that. I didn’t have a problem with it at Newcastle – that was the agenda and it was explained to me when I went there. But as a manager I prefer this agenda.”
“At Newcastle it had got to a point where it was very difficult for me. We had just beaten Everton, we were ninth in the division and were unpopular.¨
“I had taken this team into the quarter-finals of the Europa League, OK we had a down year and some dodgy moments after we sold a couple of players, but I just thought, ‘You know this is not going anywhere now. I need a new challenge’.”
“Maybe my enthusiasm was in danger of dipping and that is something I am really on my guard about. But was I really giving myself the best possible chance?
Sometimes you need a new belief, a new challenge. And I thought, ‘You know what, Palace is what I need’.”
So in short Alan left because he would have more control at Palace, and he talks regularly with the man in charge of the finances at the club – Chairman Steve Parish.
The explains why he was willing to leave a big club like Newcastle and manage a smaller one – because he would be given more opportunity to be successful at Crystal Palace.
Getting players in like Ivan Toney is not a bad thing, he’s one for the future – but you can also overdo it – and there’s got to be a balance.
The interesting thing is since Alan has left we have signed three top players who will be immediate first team starters and have an impact on the side.
So maybe, just maybe, Mike Ashley has learned that running a football club too much like an ordinary business, just doesn’t work.
Note: Two brothers Phil and Richard Milbourne are on a mission to cycle to all 92 Premier and Football League grounds in England and Wales during four weeks in July and August 2015.
They will be in Newcastle today – so see if you can help out a very good cause – you can read about their exploits and denote on their website pedalforpounds here.